Friday, November 21, 2014

Viktor Fasth 2014-15 Mask

Viktor Fasth of the Edmonton Oilers (born Aug 8, 1982 in Kalix, Sweden.)

Artist: David Gunnarsson

Article at InGoal Magazine

Transformed into a machine with his first Edmonton mask (also from Gunnarsson), Fasth has kept the theme and built on it. The previous mask showed the inner-workings behind the mask, with cogs and sprockets all over the place, dripping oil and only just holding on with riveted leather straps. According to Gunnarsson’s Facebook page, “cogwheels are also a cool connection to Fasth’s previous machine mask”. However, this new mask does stray from its predecessor in some aspects.
First of all, and most noticeably, there is something supernatural about this mask. The blue eyes visible from either side of the mask have makeup running down the edges. There is a big orange nose just above the cage that lets viewers know we’re dealing with a psycho “clown in Oilers colors”!
The cogs from the previous mask act as teeth in this new incarnation, one Gunnarsson calls “The Shapeshifter – Oil Drooling Clown”. The title gives you a better idea of just what is going on here. The lips of the clown, stained red by makeup (and who knows what else) run around the entire mask to give the shape-shifting illusion. Oil drool spills out the sides and as you move towards the top of the mask, you get a view of the other creature.
The top of the mask features a skull like face with sunken eyes and the same “cog-teeth”. 

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Ben Scrivens 2014-15 Mask

Ben Scrivens of the Edmonton Oilers (born September 11, 1986 in Spruce Grove, AB.)

Scrivens began the season with a new mask, then in late October he wore a mask to bring awareness to Schizophrenia and mental health issues.

The 2nd mask was painted by EyeCandyAir. I'm not sure about this first mask.

This is the 2nd mask, article found here

Scrivens sees his position as a goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers as an opportunity and an obligation to do more. So he is lending his name and his mask to raise awareness and funds for mental health in general, and the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta in particular.
Scrivens has started Ben's Netminders, a program that will turn his mask into a canvas for four Edmonton-area artists diagnosed with schizophrenia. Scrivens is raising awareness by wearing the first mask, based on a painting by Richard Boulet. The fundraising will come when the game-worn masks are put up for auction, but more important is giving a voice to those who often are marginalized.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jonas Gustavsson 2014-15 Mask

Jonas Gustavsson of the Detroit Red Wings (born Oct. 24, 1984 in Danderyd, Sweden.)

Artist: David Gunnarsson

The mask is created in a horror style with lots of scary effects… and among them you will find all the classic monsters from our history… Can you find them all? Beware…. there is Frankenstein´s monster, zombies, the Loch Ness monster, Dracula, The Mummy, Bigfoot, werewolves, Medusa…. It is truly the Monsters Hall Of Fame….

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Jimmy Howard 2014-15 Mask

Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings (born March 26, 1984 in Syracuse, NY.)

Artist: Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs

Article at InGoal Magazine

While the large winged wheels synonymous with Detroit hockey dominate the sides of the mask, Bishop added in some “Ghost” stripes and details “to sweeten the deal and personalize it a bit more for him (Howard).” Along with Howard’s number 35 in a classic font on the chin, there are some sweet graphics that are unique to Howard and the Red Wings franchise. The 1926, the year of inception for the Red Wings, might be obvious, but if you look above the old calligraphic “D” logo on top of the mask, you can see some faint racing stripes.
On the back of Howard’s mask, a crest depicting an American flag, the motto “Let’s Roll”, and the initials of his two sons accompanied by two rampant lions. Underneath all that, and against a brick wall background, the nickname “Howie” is sprawled out in similar “ghost” fashion to the 1926 written on the top of the mask.

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Howard also had a special mask in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The artist of this mask was also Ray Bishop.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Anders Lindback 2014-15 Mask

Anders Lindback of the Dallas Stars (born May 3, 1988 in Gavle, Sweden.)

Artist: David Gunnarsson

The photo below is the  mask he started the season with (not the one above), but it was the best photo I could find of his pads.

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Kari Lehtonen 2014-15 Mask

Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars  (born Nov. 16, 1983 in Helsinki, Finland.) 

Artist: Joni ‘Bona’ Hallikainen

Article at InGoal Magazine

Bona has put two masks together for Lehtonen this year. Both have identical designs and inverse colour schemes, so we assume they’ll be worn at home and on the road respectively. Playing nicely with the Stars colour scheme of green, white, and silver, Bona and Lehtonen have a clean and polished look to this design. On both masks, the new “starred D” logo is featured on the left and right sides of the masks. According to Hallikainen, “Kari wanted to have similar design what he had last season and spice it up with some 1970 era low rider graphics”, and so all Bona had to do was call up Marcus Power for a design and they were off to the races.
On the top of the masks, you can see several old Stars logos, paying homage to the team Lehtonen has backstopped since 2009. The chrome strips and linear design of the mask make for pleasing aesthetics and Bona doesn’t try to do too much with the illustration. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014